The Official Reset San Francisco Blog
America’s Cup is coming to San Francisco! Mayor Ed Lee is setting up a committee to smooth out the logistics of the race and the details are falling into place. All this attention on our great city has got me thinking about what I would do to prepare San Francisco – to make SF a city I would be proud to show off to the world.
As human beings, we are naturally flawed. Thus, products of our humanity will be inherently imperfect. Yet, what separates us as a superior being is that we never stop striving for improvement.
We are in a financial crisis – there is no doubt about that. But when we begin searching the pockets of our basic city workforce for spare pennies, I wonder where this is all heading.
Last Tuesday - January 18th - the Municipal Transportation Agency stalled a proposal to begin charging parking fees for MUNI employees to park their cars while at work. The specifics included a $55 fine for workers who park at work instead of purchasing the new $80 monthly permit fee.
The future of San Francisco is at a crossroads while Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and enterprise zones threatens city plans and projects. Just recently, City Hall approved a multi-million dollar redevelopment project at Hunter’s Point - which promised to create hundreds of new jobs, affordable housing and improved infrastructure for the neighborhood. It seems like once again we’re back at the drawing board, waiting for the green light.
The new appointment of Edwin Lee as San Francisco’s new mayor brings new excitement to the City. Mr. Lee is the first Asian-American Mayor of San Francisco, and now has the opportunity to make concrete steps in his 30-year fight for the rights of immigrants and the Asian-American community at large.
December 17, 2010
Just when you think things can’t get worse in California comes the worst fiscal idea yet from Sacramento – selling off landmark state buildings to plug a fraction of this year’s budget gap, then turning around and renting the space at a premium from the state’s new landlords.
October 12, 2010
Yet another reason to be proud of our city is that San Francisco was "crowd sourcing" government long before the Internet era.
On any given day, hundreds of neighbors, activists and well-meaning agitators crowd into hearing rooms to help shape our local government. And over the years - they have shaped it, almost always, for the better.
September 23, 2010
As Democrats fought to regain power over the past decade, we have seen a sophisticated online infrastructure develop, mature and help us win elections.
I’ve experienced the tremendous power of the online community with a statewide campaign I’m involved in, www.CloseTheLoophole.com, which has quickly organized more than 25,000 Californians to support closing loopholes in Proposition 13.